Self-Portrait of an Other

Dreams of the Island and the Old City

Cees Nooteboom and Max Neumann

Self-Portrait of an Other
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Cees Nooteboom and Max Neumann

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Translated by David Colmer

76 pages | 33 color plates | 8 1/2 x 11 | © 2011
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780857420114 Published February 2012 World sales rights except India

Cees Nooteboom, best known for his novel The Following Story,is one of the most distinguished and significant authors living in the Netherlands today. Self-Portrait of an Other is one of the most unique and innovative works in his oeuvre. Written in response to and published together with a series of drawings by the Berlin-based artist Max Neumann, the book draws on Nooteboom’s personal reflections —his arsenal of memories, dreams, fantasies, landscapes, stories and nightmares— and presents a set of prose poems that complements and echoes Neumann’s work. Full of striking scenes and disturbing images, the poems, driven by the logic of dreams, create the self-portrait of the title.
Available now for the first time in English, Self-Portrait of an Other brings together both the images and the text inspired by them, creating an unusual and creative poetic collection.
Praise for Nooteboom
“[Nooteboom’s] books seem metaphors for art itself.”—Ed Park, Village Voice


Self-Portrait of an Other by Cees Nooteboom
drawings by Max Neumann, translated by David Colmer
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